China Investigates Deaths After Swine Flu Shot

Source : http://www.time.com

November 16, 2009 - Chinese health officials reported on Friday the first deaths in people who received the H1N1 vaccine. The Ministry of Health announced that the two people, including one teacher from Hunan province, died hours after receiving their inoculations. Since September, when the Ministry began its H1N1 immunization program, 12 million Chinese have received the pandemic flu shot.

A preliminary autopsy revealed that the teacher died of an apparent heart attack while playing basketball, and a Ministry spokesperson told the China Daily newspaper that the death was "a coincidental medical incident" and not related to the vaccine. No details on the second victim have been released so far.

As they conduct an autopsy investigation into the second death, Chinese health officials have pulled all vaccines manufactured in the same batch used to inoculate the teacher. Although the H1N1 vaccine has been rigorously tested and vetted for safety, no inoculation can be considered 100% safe and may cause adverse events, including death, in some people.

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There is no strong evidence

Keiros 6 weeks 6 days 22 hours 20 min ago

There is no strong evidence that these deaths are related to the H1N1 vaccine: with 12 million Chineses having received the shot, probabilities that some people among these 12 million die from heart attack or any other condition are high....and at the same level as people having received no shot at all.

There's also a case in France of a nurse who developed a mild form of the Guillain-Barre syndrome after receiving the vaccine. That's a known risk of any flu vaccine, but the vaccine benefits are outweighing the risks.

The CDC recommends that the following people be first to get the shot:

  • Pregnant women.
  • Those in households with babies 6 months old or younger.
  • Health-care workers.
  • Everyone from 6 months to 24 years old.
  • People from 25 to 64 with conditions like asthma.


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